Lance McCullers struck out 10 in eight-plus solid innings and Will Harris finished off the ninth to lead the Houston Astros to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
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Lineup: Astros (51-44) vs. Angels (43-52)
- 1. George Springer, RF (R)
- 2. Marwin Gonzalez, 1B (S)
- 3. Jose Altuve, 2B (R)
- 4. Carlos Correa, SS (R)
- 5. Luis Valbuena, 3B (L)
- 6. Colby Rasmus, LF (L)
- 7. Carlos Gomez, CF (R)
- 8. Preston Tucker, DH (L)
- 9. Jason Castro, C (L)
- SP: Lance McCullers, RHP Daily notes
As Houston continues to look for left-handed relief, the team reportedly checked in with Atlanta about 26-year-old Hunter Cervenka.
Julia Morales of Root Sports Southwest joined John, Raheel and Del to discuss the delay in calling up Alex Bregman and the acquisition of Yulieski Gurriel.
Mike Trout, Josh Donaldson, Jose Altuve and Robinson Cano are among the AL WAR leaders. Who has the best case for AL MVP heading into the weekend?
All-Time #MLBRank: No. 19 Roger Clemens
The Rocket became the first pitcher to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game and is the only one to do so twice. He won a record seven Cy Young awards and is one of five players to win the award in both leagues. His 4,672 strikeouts are the third-most of all time. Nos. 20-11
Astros' deadline status: buyers
The Astros are all-in at the trade deadline and can focus on adding pitching with Yulieski Gurriel and Alex Bregman on the way, Jim Bowden writes. Expect them to make run at the Yankees' coveted relief duo if New York sells. Trade deadline objectives (Insider)
X-rays negative on Evan Gattis' wrist
Gattis said he suffered a contusion, but no fracture, after getting hit on the back of his right hand while batting on Wednesday. "Optimistic and feel good," Gattis said afterward. Houston Chronicle
The Venezuelan second baseman's impressive hitting this season has put him in the mix for an MVP award.
Jose Altuve is en fuego
Altuve went 2-for-3 on Wednesday, giving him 12 hits over his last four games. That's the most hits over a four-game span for an Astros player since Lance Berkman in 2008, the Elias Sports Bureau notes.
Doug Fister pitched seven innings and Jose Altuve continued his torrid hitting as the Houston Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-0 on Wednesday.
All-Time #MLBRank: No. 50 Nolan Ryan
Ryan is baseball's all-time strikeout leader with 5,714, 839 more than any other player. His seven no-hitters are also the most all time, three more than any other player. An eight-time All-Star, Ryan has his jersey retired by three different teams (Angels, Astros, Rangers). Nos. 50-41
Springer continues to thrive at leadoff
George Springer hit his 21st homer of the season -- and his 12th since moving to the leadoff spot -- in Oakland on Tuesday. He's tied with Adam Jones for the most top-of-the-order homers in the major leagues since he moved there on May 24, the Elias Sports Bureau notes.
Marcus Semien scored from second base on Josh Reddick's two-out infield single in the 10th inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Venezolano de la semana: Brillan Eduardo Rodríguez y José Altuve
ESPNDeportes.com reconoce la labor del abridor zurdo de Boston y el intermedista de Houston. Leer
El arma secreta de Astros
La llegada de Yulieski Gurriel a Houston pudiera ser la pieza que faltaba en Astros para llegar a postemporada. Ozzie Guillén analiza. Mirar
The Astros are in need of a starting pitcher and will likely make a deal before the deadline -- but they will take their time in doing so.
Former Astros manager Phil Garner and David Dalati talk about Mike Fiers' dugout blow-up with manager AJ Hinch and trades the Astros can make to help their playoff push.
Timeline: Correa hacking scandal
Christopher Correa, the Cardinals' former scouting director, was sentenced to nearly four years in prison Monday for hacking the Astros' player personnel database and email system.
Yonder Alonso drove in three runs with a pair of two-out hits to back Kendall Graveman's fifth consecutive win, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 7-4 on Monday night.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced to 46 months in prison for hacking into the Astros' computer database. While Correa is certainly a slimeball, 46 months certainly seems excessive. As a reminder, the number of bankers to serve prison time after the housing crisis scandals: One.
Astros hold on to No. 10 spot in rankings
Houston kicked off the start of the second half by going 2-1 against the Mariners in Seattle. Up next for the Astros is a three-game series in Oakland. Power Rankings: Week 15
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